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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of treating ailments. The word acupuncture is made of two parts – ‘acus’ – which means a needle, and 'puncture'. This form of alternative medicine is based on the concept of Qui or Chi (pronounced ‘chee’). This is a vital energy force comparable to ‘prana’ in Indian philosophy.
Diagnosis and treatment are based on a holistic view of the patient and the patient’s symptoms, expressed in terms of the balance of yin and yang. Yin represents the earth, cold, and femininity. Yang represents the sky, heat, and masculinity. The actions of yin and yang influence the interactions of the five elements composing the universe: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. Practitioners of Acupuncture seek to control the levels of yin and yang through 12 meridians, which bring energy to the body.
Chinese traditional medicine can be used for promoting health as well as preventing and curing diseases.
Scientific basis of its effectiveness is based on Gate control of pain and production & release of pain relieving mediators called endorphins. It is a pleasant tingling sensation radiating along a specific direction. This method provides relief from illness by needle puncture of specific points on the body. Needling produces subjective sensations like pain, numbness, soreness, heaviness and distension.
Acupuncture results in:
• Analgesia i.e. pain-relieving effects useful in variety of painful conditions
• Sedation or calming effects useful in epilepsy, insomnia & mental disease like mania & anxiety states
• Homeostasis or maintaining the normal balance of the body
• Immunity improvement –better immunity & protection from infection